Just a quick post today. I have a dentist appointment. This will make the 3rd week in a row and the 6th or 7th time in the last 3 months that I have had to go to the dentist. Good grief. On a positive note I don’t think I will have to go back until March when I am scheduled for another teeth cleaning.
When I’m able to catch some spaghetti squash on sale I will pick up a couple. I seem to be the only one in the house that likes them but since they are so easy to cook I don’t mind cooking it on the side while I prepare some whole grain pasta for the husband or kiddo.
I’m not kidding you when I tell you this is frugal, quick, and easy. It contains three ingredients even though it looks like a whole lot more.
First, a simple spaghetti squash. Pure, whole, and clean. Then you just need a bag of those tiny frozen shrimp. At Kroger they are the “salad” variety I believe. The Marinara sauce is actually the homemade canned tomatoes we made during canning season.
For the squash I cut mine in half lengthwise. Spread a little olive oil on the flesh and place on tin foil covered backing sheet flesh side down. Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes or until the flesh is tender. The skin should peel right off. Flip over and scoop out seeds. Using a fork pull the flesh. It should be stringy and long. This will be your ‘noodle’ base. If I am making pasta for the family I will start that while the squash is baking.
For the shrimp I just toss a few in a skillet with some butter, pepper, oregano, garlic powder, and salt free seasoning. They only take a minute or two to cook since they are so small. I put these on top of my squash. I’m the only one besides kiddo who will eat shrimp. The husband will if he’s in the mood. I usually go ahead and cook the whole package and if no one else eats them I have lunch the next day.
For the sauce I use the canned tomato I made. For 1 dish I use 1 cup of canned tomato. I add some garlic and onion powder and 2 TBS tomato paste to thicken in up just a little. Since this is universal it can be used on the squash or the pasta. If it’s pasta night I will prep the whole jar.
Sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese.
Have you tried spaghetti squash? Did you enjoy it? I’d be interested in knowing how you prepared it so drop me a few lines in the comment section below 😉
Kristen from The Road to Domestication says
I’ve never tried spaghetti squash before, but I’m not opposed to it! This looks yummy!
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I am a BIG fan of spaghetti squash. It tastes awesome and it’s so healthy! I can do without the shrimp, though 🙁
aimee fauci says
I have not been brave enough to try the spaghetti squash yet. I keep seeing all these wonderful recipes so it must be good.
This sounds so good. Must try it soon.
I have never tried it before but I am pretty sure I would love it. Your recipe does sound simple and like something that I could make and I think my family would enjoy.
Carmen Perez (listen2mama) says
I’ve never tried this dish before, but I have to say I think I would love it. Must make this one soon!
April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition says
I love spaghetti squash. I have been looking for new ways to try it but I love it to replace regular pasta.
Wow! Does this ever look delicious. I’ve never tried spaghetti squash. It sounds so bad every time I comment… I never try anything new but when my husband saw me looking at this he said WE NEED TO TRY!
Tough Cookie Mommy says
This is a delicious recipe. I imagine that the flavor combinations are really good.
Amber NElson says
Yum, I love squash! This looks so amazing! Can I come to your house?
Erica Brooks says
I’ve got a friend who loves spaghetti squash and I love shrimp. I’ll have to share this recipe with her.
Lois Alter Mark says
I love shrimp, and this sounds like a great dish for a cool fall night.
Aisha Kristine Chong says
Gaahh, looks so delicious, I definitely would want to have this for lunch!
Amanda Love says
Oh my! This looks really good and I want to give this a try. Hubby would really enjoy this.
Rena McDaniel says
Sounds delicious and something I have never tried before. I will definitely be trying this new recipe out. Good luck at the dentist!
Viccy Howe says
This looks amazing (without the shrimp though for me). Perfect for a cold winter evening to warm up x
Krystal's Kitsch says
Shrimp is my favorite, so I’ll have to give this one a try! Love it!
Amanda mcmahon says
I really love spaghetti squash. Half my family is vevegetarian but I can eat this 🙂
Now I’ve never thought about putting these things together!
Melissa Vera says
I have never tried spaghetti squash but I have heard it was yummy.
Sarah Bailey says
Oh what a delicious sounding dish <3 I do love anything with shrimp in though! x
I have never had spaghetti squash. I need to try it! I honestly don’t know how to cook it so I’ve avoided it.
I have never tried spaghetti squash before. However, your recipe sounds so good, I really want to try it now!
amanda ripsam says
I cut it in half and bake it in the oven with brown sugar and butter. I cook it the same way you would like acorn squash I love fall because that’s when this stuff is all in season.
I’m fascinated by spaghetti squash. I think it’s cool looking, and I’d love to find new recipes for it too.